reply to post by GEORGETHEGREEK
Well my first comment to you is this.
How can there be a multitude of hidden information if you have found it?
Not very hidden if you ask me.
Second, documents are VERY easily altered and/or hoaxed...
Therefore, the validity of these documents comes into heavy scrutiny and question.
Maybe with the knowledge I have and the field I am in will be a bit of help to you...
We tend to use code-names such as SENIOR CITIZEN or MERIDIAN without understanding how these are assigned. I've done some research on this and
here's what I've found. (Please note that this information refers to how the Department of Defense does things. It does not include how code-names
are assigned by the Department of Energy or the CIA.) One source that's reasonably available is Title 32, Code of Federal Regulations, Appendix C (to
Based on that source and others, I've found that they are assigned by the joint Chiefs of Staff. There are actually 3 types of code-names, which
(1) Classified single word codewords. I had wondered why the Air Force replaced some codewords with euphemisms like "advanced program
Here's some examples of what I mean:
Old name -----> New name (same PE #)
________ ________ ___________
CENTENNIAL "applied technology and integration" 0305142F
OMEGA "advanced program evaluation" 0207591F
BERNIE "combined advanced applications" 0305172F
This has occurred with current programs, but the older historical codewords haven't yet been revised.
Apparently, the Air Force has screwed up for a few years and mistakenly listed single word codewords in budget documents. That means that the
following codewords I've found in USAF budget documents since 1980 are quite sensitive:
* AURORA (this was definitely a slip up! Classified funding for the B-2, no Program Element number listed)
* OMEGA (PE 0207591F -- some kind of tactical program, possibly an aircraft).
* CENTENNIAL (PE 0305142F -- intelligence program)
* CAVALRY (PE 0305185F -- intelligence program)
* GENTRY (PE 0101816F -- the 0101xxxF program number puts it in the category of offensive strategic programs. (Ah, the nuclear glory days of a decade
* LEO (PE 0102822F -- Reagan-era strategic intelligence program for the nuclear war planners)
* MERIDIAN (PE 0603105F -- strategic nuclear program)
* OLYMPIC (PE 0603111F -- another nuclear program)
* BERNIE (PE 0305172F -- yet another intelligence program)
None of the codewords I mentioned are abbreviations, i.e., the LEO program is not "Low Earth Orbit".
Also, I'm aware that NSA uses 5-letter codewords for sensitive SIGINT programs, such as DINAR. Another example of a leak involving a codeword is when
the Navy released some material to me that indicated they had censored data on a project with the codeword INFRARED (part of the new ship self defense
(2) Unclassified 2 word nicknames, such as SENIOR TREND or COPPER CANYON (a USAF hypersonic research program). Of particular interest is the following
(found in the reference listed above):
A combination of two separate words, which is assigned an unclassified meaning and is employed only for unclassified administrative, morale, or
public information purposes...A nickname is not designed to achieve a security objective.
(3) Exercise terms, such as "Red Flag" used for training at Nellis AFB. None of these are single word terms.
The guide lines for choosing 2 word nicknames, such as SENIOR RUBY (a U-2 SIGINT program) are interesting -- among the words of wisdom are:
A nickname must be chosen with sufficient care to ensure that it does not:
(a) Express a degree of bellicosity inconsistent with traditional American ideals or current foreign policy.
(b) Convey connotations offensive to good taste or derogatory to a particular group, sect, or creed.
(c) Convey connotations offensive to our allies or other Free World nations.
So, I guess MAGNUM DEATH, HAVE PENIS, and SUSHI SUPRISE are out...
On another subject - as far as Groom Lake goes -- here's something to ponder: We know that Groom was used for the U-2 in the 1950s, the SR-71 in the
early 1960s, and various Stealth stuff in the late 1970s and early 1980s. What was Groom used for in the late 1960s and early 1970s? In some research
I've been doing with Department of Energy material, I'm picking up hints that Groom Lake was used for unknown classified experiments conducted by
Los Alamos National Laboratory, during that period. This is interesting, because LANL doesn't do much with nuclear weapons design (which is usually
handled by Sandia National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.)
I hope this helped. This is also very much the same way Lockheed "names" projects and designates classifications based on the sensitivity of the
usually, when i get a budget or an audit the first thing I look at is the "name" of the project.
From that "name" I can gather a very good idea on what I am dealing with and the sensitivity of the document/file I have been forwarded/handed.
By being able to deduce this information, I am aware of the sensitivity of the manner and on the importance of my attention to the file.
If you will be able to understand how intelligence agencies and defense contractors name their projects and than understanding the sensitivity related
to the names than you will be able to have a much better understanding on whether a document your looking at is valid or altered.
if you have any questions please ask...
Sorry guys. I did not reference the source I used. I didn't want to type all that out and explain it to you guys in my terms when I have already
found something that has been written.
I made a quick search and found this article. And it is to the "t" on how lockheed names their projects... the name of the author is Paul
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